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Disc: 1
1. Allegro Vivace
2. Adagio Grazioso
3. Rondo. Allegretto
4. Largo - Allegro
5. Adagio
6. Allegretto
7. Allegro
8. Scherzo. Allegretto Vivace
9. Menuetto. Moderato E Grazioso
10. Presto Con Fuoco
Disc: 2
1. Allegro Con Brio
2. Introduzione. Adagio Molto
3. Rondo. Allegretto Moderato
4. Andante Grazioso Con Moto

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The fifth in Schiff's chronological survey of Beethoven's 32 sonatas, the pillars of the piano repertoire. Includes the popular favourites "The Tempest", "The Hunt" and "Waldstein". Schiff has been one of the most acclaimed pianists in the world for three decades, and earlier volumes received rave reviews.

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Beethoven through fresh eyes and ears Oct. 31 2007
By J. Cegledy - Published on
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Andras Schiff continues his impressive Beethoven Sonatas series. It is characterized by that rare combination of keen sensitivity to musical expression, fidelity to text and meticulous attention to detail. The articulation and lively crispness of execution is a sheer delight. There are many surprising insights that are completely convincing. Of the many great Beethoven Sonatas recordings, this can be most recommended to students as an example of how to bring the text alive without any exaggeration yet with sensitivity and depth of musical expression.

The booklets in this series are of special interest. Andras Schiff shares his outlook and insights on these works and we get a glimpse of how great interpretations evolve. For piano students as well as for lovers of these works, Andras Schiff's Beethoven Sonata series is to be highly recommended!
Janos Cegledy, Tokyo
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Andras Schiff – the inspired guide to Beethoven Sept. 16 2014
By P. Adrian - Published on
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This fifth volume of the integral cycle of Beethoven piano sonatas recorded some ten years ago by the legendary pianist Andras Schiff highlights he features of the middle period in Titan’s output. Looking for a new way of dealing with music, Beethoven explores in the op.31 triptych new and daring directions in his art. The ludicrous no.1 in G major contrasts in a inspired manner with the tense “Tempest” or the vivid “Hunt”. The second CD of this twofer comprises the pages dedicated to count Waldstein, namely the sonata in C major op.53 and its companion Andante favori in F major.

Useless to say, Schiff gets the very essence of this music. He seems completely immersed in it and follows a logical and expressive line. His theoretical insights and artistic honesty lead him to a remarkable achievement. His conversations with the Swiss musicologist Martin Meyer (included in the booklets of all the volumes in the cycle) are a priceless guide in understanding and approaching Beethoven’s universe. A persistent sense of narration and a wondrous flavor of authenticity surface the proceedings. Schiff seems one of the most entitled interpreters to convey the inexhaustible beauties of this supremely existential repertoire.
9 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Schiff's free Beethoven sonata lectures March 25 2008
By Fred Von Lohmann - Published on
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Don't miss Andras Schiff's excellent lectures about Beethoven's sonatas. The perfect accompaniment for this cycle, available for free from the Guardian UK website (google: schiff guardian uk).
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the best April 15 2013
By Mike in PDX - Published on
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There are many fine recordings of the Beethoven piano sonatas. I very much like Schiff's interpretations, and the set is recorded in very good sound. The interpretations are not dull, but are somewhat less angry than some others, and more warm and touching in places. I recommend this -- and the other volumes in the set -- to anyone with an interest in these keystones of the piano literature. If you have other versions, these are worth adding. If you don't, these are a great place to start.
3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A pallid 'Waldstein' caps an unexciting Beethoven collection -- but others will rave Sept. 18 2008
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on
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Andras Schiff has garnered mostly raves for his entire career, and for most of that career he has either bored me with his clipped, detached style or driven me away with chilly aloofness. His Beethoven manages to combine the worst of thse traits in this installment of his complete sonata cycle. He's clipped, punchy, anti-romantic, and detached. Yet the New York Times praises Schiff's "elegant pianism, consummate artistry and selfless dedication." Selfless? What in the world does that even mean? In any event, Schiff has won a place in the top echelon of pianists -- in other words, he's found his audience -- and unbelievers like me are free to stay away. When Horowitz was far more renowned than Schiff will ever be, there were music lovers who said no.

Here in Vol. 5 of his Beethoven cycle, he has plenty of personal ideas, and the critics, I imagine, will either love or hate them. The main attraction is the 'Waldstein' Sonta Op. 53, the most ambitious middle period sonata after the 'Appassionata.' But you'd never know it from Schiff's straight-ahead, no-nonsense performance. Setting a basic tempo and chopping away does the first movement no favors. The brief Introduzione to the third movement lacks mystery, although schiff has enough touch in this delicate, spare music. The Allegretto that follows is slow to the point of sounding flat-footed, and the same placid sluggishness continues into the finale. If you want to hear imaginaiton and vitality from a modern pianist, listen to Pletnev's live Waldstein on his Carnegie Hall recital (DG).

In sum, Schiff's Beethoven gave me no pleasure this time around, despite all those critical encomiums.

P.S. -- If readers assume that I am dead set against Schiff, please refer to my reviews of other installments in his Beethoven cycle.